- What is SCD Bio Ag®?
SCD Bio Ag is an OMRI-listed blend of microorganisms and biological compounds designed for soil application use. It is environmentally safe and distinctly effective in improving soil quality. It is a liquid, microbial soil inoculant consisting of lactic acid bacteria (LAB), yeast, Bacillus, phototrophic bacteria, and their metabolites.
- How does SCD Bio Ag work in agricultural crop applications?
It is designed to have fulfilled important functions for plant as they induce immunity, promote growth, and antagonize various plant pathogens. In general, SCD Bio Ag improves crops’ with enhanced productivity by (1) accelerating the decomposition of organic soil matter or organic amendments, which would directly increase the release and availability of plant nutrients, and (2) enhancing the populations of beneficial microbial diversities in the soil as well as various soil microbiota, e.g. earthworms and their activities, which would indirectly improve the decomposition of organic matter and plant-nutrient availability. The end results include the improvement of the growth and yield of crop plants.
- In what degree composting is accelerated with SCD Bio Ag from the normal process?
In the normal standards of composting process, compost material is expected to be generated in at least 4-6 months. With SCD Bio Ag, normal process is accelerated at least months earlier (down to 35 days) as long as necessary factors are considered through the entire process. It should be noted that this is case by case basis since there are processing factors to be considered before successfully generating a compost material like nutrient, moisture, aeration, temperature, etc.
- How can I use SCD Bio Ag for an existing compost pile that was started without SCD Bio Ag?
Apply three liters of SCD Bio Ag per ton of material to be composted via drip spraying, watering can, or drenching. Please remember that whenever you mix up a dilution of SCD Bio Ag, it should be used within 24 hours. It is best to add SCD Bio Ag to the compost pile at least twice at the same dilution ratio as above, then applying the second application at about five days after the first application. It is fine to add a third application as well with 1:1:400 dilutions at about 2-3 weeks. And, if you wish, even a fourth application will be good at about four weeks after starting application. These third and fourth applications are not necessary; they can simply make the whole pile even better.
- Is it necessary to increase the dosage of SCD Bio Ag when there's a dominance of a fungi, pest or disease?
There is no need to increase the suggested dosage of SCD Bio Ag in the presence of pests. However, increasing dosage may be necessary if you are also applying fungicides, pesticides and other chemicals. We also suggest to wait at least 7 days after any chemical applications to apply SCD BioAg.
- Is still effective and safe to use a diluted SCD Bio Ag after 30 days?
We highly recommend using diluted products within 1-2 days (or at the utmost 30 days) for maximum effectiveness. Dilution guide is available in SCD website. We won’t guarantee effective results of usage of diluted products for more than 30 days.
- Is SCD Bio Ag applicable to all type of crops? What are some examples of crops that have used SCD Bio Ag treatment?
Yes, it is applicable to all crops. However, application depends on each crop type. SCD Bio Ag has already been applied to coffee, tea, lettuce, corn, rice, tomato, potato, soybean, citrus, grapes, apples, blueberry, banana, tobacco, sugarcane, flowers etc.
- Aside from common crops and houseplants, are there any other examples of plants that have used SCD Bio Ag?
Yes, grasses on golf courses, plants cultivated in hydroponic systems, tap roots (carrots and radish), tuberous roots (potato and sweet potato), and other entities have all undergone SCD Bio Ag treatment.
- Is it advisable to apply SCD Bio Ag every time I water the plants in my garden?
We highly recommend applying SCD Bio Ag at ½ - 1 tbsp. per 16 oz. (7-15 mL per 500 mL) spray bottle or watering container as an additive to the watering system every 7-10 days. Do not spray blooms.
- How do I apply SCD Bio Ag to my houseplants or garden?
Add SCD Bio Ag at ½ - 1 tbsp. per 16 oz. (7-15 mL per 500 mL), pouring it into a bottle or watering container. When planting, prepare dilution in spray bottle and mist planting holes and surface of loosened soil before placing and covering seeds. After planting, mist surface of plant with SCD Bio Ag or apply as an additive to the watering system every 7-10 days. Do not spray blooms. Anytime compost or organic fertilizer is added to your garden, apply SCD Bio Ag to accelerate the breakdown of organic matter and encourage soil bio-diversity. Do not spray blooms.
- When diluting SCD Bio Ag w/ water, is it not advisable to use chlorine water?
If no other water source is available, store chlorinated water in a container and let the chlorine settle at the bottom by letting it sit for 12 -24 hours.
- What is the shelf life of SCD Bio Ag?
SCD Bio Ag has a 3 year shelf life. Check the bottle for the “best before” date. If the “best before” date has passed, you may continue to use the product but it may be less effective due to reduced amounts of live microorganisms.
- How do I dispose off an expired SCD Bio Ag product?
To dispose of expired product, you may pour it down a sink or drain. SCD Bio Ag is all natural, 100% biodegradable and safe for sewers. It might even unclog your drain and reduce odor!
- Is SCD Bio Ag better than All Seasons Bokashi™ when used as a compost accelerant for composting yard waste?
Both options will accelerate composting and also help eliminate the foul odors often associated with compost piles. However, the liquid probiotic compost accelerant offers a better value to the end user. The decision also depends on the current moisture content of the waste. If it is already very moist, All Seasons Bokashi™ will be better. However, if it is dry a liquid is preferred.
- Can I use SCD Bio Ag when composting using the All Seasons Indoor Composter?
SCD Bio Ag is not the product designed for the All Seasons Indoor Composter. It is recommended that you use All Seasons Bokashi appropriate for this unique in-house system used to recycle kitchen scraps into an organic compost conditioner.